Formal Invitation from Honorary Chair, Prof. Dr. Robert K. Grasselli
As we all know, catalysis has its roots almost 200 years back, dating to Berzellius, who first coined the word and introduced the concept of catalysis in 1821. Much has been accomplished in the area of catalysis since that early time, particularly in the past 100 years. In that period, some of the most important catalytic processes that changed the complexion of our world to the better have been discovered and commercialized, such as the Haber-Bosch Ammonia Synthesis, Reforming, Catalytic Cracking, Acid Catalysis, Selective Ammoxidation, Selective Oxidation, and Exhaust Abatement Catalysis. In today’s industrialized world, catalysis is ubiquitous. Virtually all manufactured products benefit by catalysis somewhere in the chain of their production.
Oxidation catalysis, which is the subject of our 7th WCOC, commands a very key role. Namely, twenty five percent of the most important industrial organic chemicals and intermediates are produced by selective heterogeneous oxidation catalysis: these comprise acrolein, acrylic acid, acrylonitrile, methacrylic acid, maleic anhydride, phthalic anhydride, ethylene oxide and propylene oxide.
Over the past fifty years great efforts have been expanded, by industrial, as well as, academic researchers, to make selective oxidation processes and their catalysts ever more efficient and environmentally friendlier. The very term “selective oxidation catalysis” implies efficiency, preservation of matter and environmental responsibility. The recently coined term “green chemistry” has already been practiced for the past fifty years by researchers active in the area of selective oxidation catalysis, and that with ever-greater prowess, particularly as the fundamental understanding of catalyst behavior on an atomic and molecular level has continuously improved and been refined; through the aid of sophisticated spectroscopic techniques.
In our upcoming 7th WCOC we continue the tradition of the earlier World Oxidation Congresses by aiming to further expand the fundamental knowledge, as well as, technological progress achieved in the field of oxidation catalysis in general, and selective oxidation in particular, and to help lay the foundation for new research and implementation in our chosen discipline. The overall theme of our congress is “From Fundamentals to Applications”.
We cordially invite you to actively participate in our meeting in St. Louis, the Gateway to the West, in order to make our Congress another WCOC success!